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Traditional farewell to birds on the first weekend in October


On the first weekend of October, lovers of nature all over Europe are invited to join the crowd of birdwatchers that is growing larger every year to see off the departing birds. On 1 and 2 October, thousands of people in 36 countries will try to count migrating birds seen in many places in Europe.

On the first weekend in October last year the count result was as many as 25 million birds. More than 600 000 birds belonging to as many as 136 species were observed then in Lithuania. The most numerous migrating birds in our country were the common chaffinch (281 930), the blue tit (94 455) and the common starling (60 736).

This international event will be held for the 23rd time already. It is coordinated by the international bird protection association BirdLife International.

Similarly to many European countries, the autumn bird farewell event has become a tradition in Lithuania as well. In our country its organisers are the Lithuanian Ornithological Society (LOD) and the directorates of the protected areas. This birdwatching event is an excellent opportunity to observe migrating birds, visit territories important for birds or simply spend the time in autumn nature.

During this event each autumn LOD organises a trip to a place abounding in birds. On 1 October of this year a trip will be held to the Daugai fish farming ponds.

More information on the autumn birdwatching event is available on the LOD website.

Communication Division

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas